You are probably familiar with how great essential oils are for aromatherapy and relaxation, but did you know they can also be used to freshen the air in your home? Life causes unpleasant smells — especially in the bathroom and kitchen — but before you go grabbing a conventional air freshener full of chemicals, try utilizing essential oils to make the air in your home ultra-fresh and inviting. Give these methods a try to brighten your living space and freshen up your life:
The Paper Towel Trick
What could be easier than using a paper towel to give any room a burst of fresh air? Take a paper towel and fold it into fourths, then simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oils in different spots. Allow it to dry and viola — you’ve got an instant DIY air freshener. Unfold the paper towel and walk around holding it up and waving it in the air to allow the fragrance to distribute throughout the room. Set the paper towel down where you would like the scent to continue to develop, or just drop it in the trash to freshen the kitchen.
Homemade air freshener sprays smell a lot better than the synthetic store-bought kind, plus they are cheaper and very easy to make. Use them throughout the house — and make sure to keep one in the powder room so your guests can take care of any embarrassing aromas. All you need is a new spray bottle or a used one that’s been washed and dried well and these ingredients:
- 1 cup of water
- 1 Tbsp. rubbing alcohol
- 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil or combination of oils
The alcohol helps the oil disperse in the water, preventing it from floating to the top. It also keeps the scent around for longer and prevents bacterial growth in the bottle, so you can enjoy the same spray mixture for a long time.
Vents and Fans
When using a central heating system or fans, you’ve got air circulating around your home, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t utilize this moving air to refresh a room. Just drop some essential oil directly onto the vent grates or squeeze a few drops onto a piece of paper and place it against the back of a fan. The breeze will allow the oils to fill the room with a wonderful fresh scent. While heat will provide a stronger scent, you can use this method year-round by utilizing it when the air conditioner is running. You can even incorporate it into vacuuming by putting a few drops on a square of toilet tissue and sucking it up. The vacuum exhaust will blow out the scent so you can enjoy your favorite essential oils in the air rather than the smell of dust.
If you already use an air filter to keep the air in your home clean and free from dust, you can take it a step further with essential oils. The next time you change the filters or clean the filtration system, add a few drops of essential oil to the new filter. The air will infuse with aroma when the filter is on and leave the room with a wonderful fresh scent. Try cinnamon essential oil if you are concerned about germs in the air or rosemary and clove to impress your friends with the freshness of your home.
If you don’t already have an essential oil diffuser, it’s time to get one. They are one of the easiest ways to incorporate essential oils into your life. Diffusers come in many varieties, are relatively inexpensive and are easy for the whole family to use. With air diffusion, just a few drops of essential oil will deliver the therapeutic benefits of aromatherapy through the whole house while clearing the air and turning your home into a pleasantly fresh environment.
The Best Essential Oils for Fresh Air
Now that you know some simple ways to use oils to clean the air in any room, it’s time to give them a try. While any essential oil you find pleasing can help refresh a room, here a few types to harness the most air-freshening power:
Essential oils like lemon, sweet orange and grapefruit are all powerful at cleansing the air of unwanted properties due to their high levels of limonene. They also smell incredibly fresh and have the power to uplift your mood and promote feelings of happiness.
Woody scents are rich and earthy and promote a feeling of outdoorsy freshness in any room. Tree oils like eucalyptus have a strong mentholated fragrance and can zap airborne threats like those that occur in the winter. Conifer oils like spruce, pine and fir contain pinene, which is particularly good at supporting the lungs while making your home smell earthy and clean.
Oils like peppermint and clove have a pleasant spiciness that is particularly good at countering the effects of air pollution. These fragrances are also great at supporting the respiratory system by helping it filter out airborne toxins.
Ready, Set, Breath!
The quality of air in your home can be just as important as the quality of the food you eat and the water you drink. There is no one perfect essential oil, so feel free to experiment and make your own air purifying blends. Many of the oils mentioned here have a natural ability to battle the effects of smoke, mold spores, pollen and airborne allergies.
Remember that a little goes a long way with essential oils, so always use them with caution around the home. Essential oils are generally safe to use around pets and children, but make sure not to leave the oil-soaked paper in an area where an unsupervised child has access. Have fun experimenting and finding the oils that give your air a sense of freshness and level of clean that you’ve never experienced before.
Last modified: March 7, 2019